Day 1
15 May 2018
Day 2
16 May 2018
Day 3
14 May 2019

Registration, Networking & Presenting Company Exhibits

Presenting Company Exhibits Open Follow @ZellLurie on Twitter and use hashtag #MichiganGCS to tweet about the symposium.

Lunch Reception

The lunch buffet will open at 11:30. The welcome and keynote address will be from 12-1:00 p.m. in the ballroom.

Keynote Speaker

Wendell Brooks, Senior VP of Intel Corporation and President of Intel Capital will open this year's Michigan Growth Capital Symposium. Opening remarks will be provided by David J. Brophy of the Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity at the University of Michigan. Michigan Venture Capital Association highlights will be provided by Maureen Miller Brosnan.
Wendell Brooks

Company Presentations

Life Sciences
Facilitator: Sara Kruse, Jaffe
1:20 p.m. Life Magnetics
1:32 p.m. Mekanistic Therapeutics
1:44 p.m. AureoGen Biosciences
1:56 p.m. Novadiol
2:08 p.m. Structured Immunity

Company Presentations

IT/ Software
Facilitator: Michael Cole, Bank of Ann Arbor
1:20 p.m. Shoptelligence
1:32 p.m. Collabtic
1:44 p.m. eAgile
1:56 p.m. genusConnect
2:08 p.m. SpellBound

Panel: The Evolution of Tech Transfer and the Role of Venture Capital

Hear from leading Midwest technology transfer officers on best practices and lessons learned in moving technology forward to a proven business potential stage that attracts venture capital funding. Panelists: Jim Adox, Venture Investors, Erik Iverson, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation; Kelly Sexton, University of Michigan; Jack Miner, Cleveland Clinic Ventures Panel presented by Venture Investors
Jim Adox
Erik Iverson
Kelly Sexton
Jack Miner

Company Presentations

Medical Device / Healthcare IT
Facilitator: Brad Bolen, Plante Moran
3:50 p.m. Trove Analytics (TroveAx
4:02 p.m. NoMo Diagnostics
4:14 p.m. Xact Medical
4:26 p.m. Kiio
4:38 p.m. SpinTech
4:50 p.m. OrthoNOW

Company Presentations

IT / Software / Tech
Facilitator: Fred Schaard, Rehmann
3:50 p.m. Trillium Secure
4:02 p.m. OXX
4:14 p.m. Vartega
4:26 p.m. Scientel
4:38 p.m. iServe
4:50 p.m. Alchemie Solutions

Networking Cocktail Reception

Join us at the Marriott for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Hal Davis will perform with his Jazz trio.

Registration, Networking & Presenting Company Exhibits

Breakfast Buffet Opens Follow @ZellLurie on Twitter and use hashtag #MichiganGCS to tweet about the symposium.

Panel: Next-Generation Cybersecurity: From a Defensive to a Proactive Posture

As investors bet on firms with a specific focus on Cybersecurity, these panelists will share their thoughts on the future of Cybersecurity technologies and the opportunities for niche investors and venture capitalists. Panelists: Brian Kelly, Censys; Jeff Schumann, WireTap.; Scott Vowels, Comerica Bank; Rob Owens, KeyBanc Capital Markets; Rodney Davenport, State of Michigan; Jonathan Murray, Draper Triangle (moderator); Panel presented by Draper Triangle Ventures
Rob Owens
Rodney Davenport
Brian Kelly
Jeff Schumann
Jonathan Murray

Panel: Healthcare Executives Unplugged

Come listen and learn directly from Michigan-based, VC-backed healthcare executives without any VC’s getting in the way. Topics include: raising capital, recruiting talent, launching innovative products, and the positives and negatives of being in SE Michigan. Panelists: Jennifer Baird, Accuri and TroveAx; Sundu Brahamasandra, HandyLab and NeuMoDx; Mark Forchette, Delphinus Medical Technologies (Moderator); Dan Rhodes, Strata Oncology; and Kurt Skifstad, ArborMetrix. Panel presented by Arboretum Ventures with an introduction by Tim Petersen, Arboretum Ventures.
Tim Petersen
Kurk Skifstad, Ph.D.
Dan Rhodes
Mark Forchette
Sundu Brahamasandra
Jennifer Baird

Company Presentations

Medical Device / Healthcare IT
Facilitator: Tom Harper, Plante Moran
10:05 a.m. Greenmark Biomedical
10:17 a.m. Medkairos
10:29 a.m. Trazer
10:41 a.m. Total Mindcare
10:53 a.m. Slideless

Company Presentations

IT / Software / Tech
Facilitator: Michelle Larkin, U-M Fast Forward Medical Innovation
10:05 a.m. Give and Take
10:17 a.m. Parkofon
10:29 a.m. iDrink Products
10:41 a.m. Supported Intelligence
10:53 a.m. Virtual EM

Tech Transfer Pitch Track

Tech Transfer Pitch Track
Russ Straate, Office of Tech Commercialization, University of Minnesota; Shripal Meghani, Cleveland Clinic Ventures, Cleveland Clinic; Karen Deak, Director Network Engagement, University of Notre Dame; Andy McColm, Innovation Center, Michigan State University; Cheryl Turnbull, Venture Capital & New Ventures, Ohio State University; Ken Massey, Venture Development, Wayne State University; Michael Psarouthakis, Tech Transfer Venture Center, University of Michigan
Ken Massey
Cheryl Turnbull
Russ Straate
Michael Psarouthakis
Shripal Meghani
Andy McColm
Karen Deak

Panel: Building Product Value: Clinical, Regulatory and Reimbursement Strategies Critical to Impact Commercial Success

Today’s product pipelines increasingly face barriers within a complex healthcare economics landscape. Learn from the experts as they discuss how to evaluate and design the most effective clinical, regulatory and reimbursement strategies early in the product development process that will be essential for downstream commercial success. Panelists: Kay Fuller, Medical Device Regulatory Solutions; Randel Richner, Richner Consultants; Seth RenoGemphire Therapeutics; Jennifer MeschkeNAMSA;Mona Patel, Boston Scientific (moderator). Hosted by BioArbor with support from MichBio
Jennifer Mischke
Seth Reno
Mona Patel
Randel Richner
Kay Fuller

Networking Lunch & Closing Remarks

David J. Brophy, Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance, University of Michigan

Post-MGCS: Biomedical Innovation Cup Pitch Event

Join U-M Fast Forward Medical Innovation for this annual competition as teams of biomedical innovators, from the University of Michigan and across the State, step into the spotlight to pitch their products to a panel of venture capital leaders. Teams include: OnTrack, Alight Sciences, FerroForm, Trove Analytics (TroveAx), and Vedea Health. FREE.


Murat Kantarcioglu
Calvin Cooper
Peter Adriaens
Robert Zwink
Sam Savant